The Falls of Wichita Falls: An Environmental History of the Red Rolling Plains
Published by: Texas Tech University Press
Imprint: Texas Tech University Press
Sales Date: 2022-12-15
Available: December 2022
216 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in
Not Yet Published
Beginning with Teddy Roosevelt?s famous wolf hunt in Frederick, Oklahoma and covering the long twentieth century up through the emergence of Indian Casinos, Jahue Anderson?s incisive book challenges the myth of rugged individualism as the central feature of the Red Rolling Plains cultural landscape.
Crucially, Anderson examines how local indigenous environmental knowledge was washed out by moonshot plans to irrigate a valley, a project that ultimately failed to improve living conditions. The dreams of an ?irrigated valley? gave way to a cultural landscape of oil derricks, military installations, suburbs, and a complex system of reservoirs and pumping stations built on the Little Wichita River to bring water to people living in the Big Wichita River Valley.
The Falls of Wichita Falls sketches an environmental blueprint that encapsulates a thirsty city and its people, the commodification of natural resources, and the endemic ideological postures shaping how Americans attempt to subdue the land of the American west.